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PHOENIX, Arizona, July 13. THE new sprint queen of high school swimming Abbey Weitzeil twice shot down the national high school record to lead the 100-yard free in the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association All-American lists. Additionally, Chesterton's Blake Pieroni topped the guys side of the equation.
Weitzeil took down the 100-yard freestyle high school record twice during the CIF Southern Section Championships in May. First, she smashed the individual field with a 47.91 (22.95, 24.96) en route to breaking Dagny Knutson's record of 48.15 from 2009. Weitzeil then leadoff Saugus High's 400-yard free relay with a 47.82 (22.79, 25.03) to lower the record even further. So, not only did she become the first high schooler to break 48, she demonstrated the consistency to do it again. This was part of the same weekend when she set the 50-yard freestyle mark with a 21.98.
Here is video of Weitzeil's record-breaking swim:
Meanwhile, Chesteron's Blake Pieroni led his squad to a national public high school record in the 400-yard free relay with a 43.37 leadoff split to top the 100-yard free NISCA lists. The foursome put together a 2:59.36 to break the previous record of 2:59.76 set by New Trier in 2012. The team's performance also demolished the state record that had been a 3:03.43 by Carmel in 2003.
Video of the record swim from prelims isn't readily available, but Chesterton's winning swim in finals is available.
Pieroni appeared on a special weekend Morning Swim Show with Jeff Commings today to talk about his swim. Check it out.
Not to dampen Pieroni's speedy swim, but Caeleb Dressel's 42.85 to win the 100 free at the junior nationals does not count for inclusion in the NISCA All-America list because it was not done during the high school season at a sanctioned high school meet.
Weitzeil definitely is in her own space within the sprint freestyles at the high school level, while Pieroni had a career year at Chesterton as a senior. While Weitzeil will get another crack at it as a senior next year, look for rising freshman Ryan Hoffer of Chaparral to make some major noise as a sophomore next year.
Boys 100 free Top 8
1, :43.37, Blake Pieroni (12), Chesterton High School
2, :43.70, Justin Plaschka (12), Hauppauge High School
3, :43.72, Joseph Schooling (12), The Bolles School
4, :43.73, Ryan Held (12), Sacred Heart-Griffin High School
5, :43.87, Ryan Hoffer (9), Chaparral High School
6, :43.90, Tabahn Afrik (11), Holland West Ottawa High School
6, :43.90, Edward Kim (12), Eastlake High School
8, :43.97, Cole Cogswell (11), William S. Hart High School
8, :43.97, Jacob Molacek (12), Creighton Preparatory School
Girls 100 free Top 8
1, :47.82, Abbey Weitzeil (11), Saugus High School
2, :48.67, Jasmine K Mau (12), Punahou School
3, :48.93, Amy Bilquist (11), Carmel High School
4, :49.00, Lindsey Engel (12), Crean Lutheran High School
5, :49.68, Emily Allen (11), William A. Hough High School
6, :49.69, Alex Cleveland (12), Zionsville Community High School
6, :49.69, Valerie Hull (12), Westview High School
8, :49.73, Hannah Stevens (12), Lexington High School
2013-14 NISCA Girls High School All-Americans
2013-14 NISCA Boys High School All-Americans
NOTE: All America times have to be submitted to NISCA by a certain deadline in order to make the 2014 All-American list. Coaches can submit times here: http://www.niscaonline.org/aaswimming/. Corrections can also be submitted to NISCA via three emails: Boys Swimming contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; Girls Swimming contact: email@example.com; Boys and Girls Diving contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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